Marquese "Nonstop" Scott (photo by Drew Crozier)
Not too long ago, we asked: What is animation dance? Thanks to some expert instruction, we now know that animation is about bending reality, about making people stop and think, Wait...what did I just see?
Well that's just what we thought after watching this new video of animator extraordinaire Marquese "Nonstop" Scott (RemoteKontrol & Dragon House Crew). We were stunned by Scott's almost inhuman control—his ability to isolate every part of his body with seemingly impossible fluidity.
Yet there is something very grounded about it. Set to a remix of John Legend's "All of Me," the movement comes from a place of real human emotion. Scott showed us pain, joy, and love without moving beyond a three foot radius. He doesn't need any extras—no special lighting, no changing scenery, no flashy effects. The juxtaposition of (extremely) unfamiliar movement with emotions we can understand was enough to hold our undivided attention for the entire five-minute video.
In short, we were mesmerized.
Want to learn more about Marquese "Nonstop" Scott? Check out this 20-minute YouTube documentary, where he explains how he found dance (or how dance found him).